Unitarian Universalists and Religious Education - what are they?
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are very diverse in nature and, hopefully, becoming more and more diverse. Unitarian Universalism comes from a Protestant history, but not all of our members and friends do.
We do not have a creed, but we do have principles (see this site). Since we believe that each person should search for their own "truth and meaning", we are of different beliefs - some label them and some do not. Some of the belief labels are: Humanist, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Pagan, Atheist, Agnostic, Hindu, Wiccan, and more.
What's the difference between a person who is traditionally from one of these religions and one that is Unitarian Universalist (UU)? We don't believe that our belief is the one and only right way to believe. We accept others for their beliefs. We also strive to live by our principles, which include the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; the democratic process; peace, liberty, and justice for all; and respect for all things of nature.
Religious education can have a very broad definition (to include educating oneself, online education about values, principles, religions, etc., and all the ages) or be limited to traditional "Sunday school" classes. In Unitarian Universalism, we don't teach one way to believe, but many, inviting our students of all ages to make decisions for themselves. These teachings cover a variety of topics (see a list here) which could be of interest to many people besides Unitarian Universalists. If you would like to join a class in person, check out a congregation in your area (check here).
We hope that REC-Room reflects the UU principles. We invite you, whatever your beliefs, to look around and use any information that is helpful to you. Please treat the site with respect and those who may read the materials for which you'd like to share.